Cherry Blossom Centennial Stamp on America-Japan Friendship

\"\"The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the friendship between America and Japan with its newest commemorative stamp release of the Cherry Blossom Centennial issuance.That friendship found lasting expression a hundred years ago when the city of Tokyo gave 3,020 cherry trees to the city of Washington, D.C.The stamp with be unveiled during the opening ceremonies of the 45th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, Saturday, April in San Francisco’s JapantownFollowing the dedication, attendees and philatelists (stamp collectors) will be able to purchase new and cancelled stamps with the festival’s 45th anniversary logo imprint. The stamps will be available for purchase during this unveiling for a limited time. Afterwards, the stamps will be available for purchase at your local post office in the following days.

In this unusual design, two stamps form the left and right halves of a single, panoramic view of cherry trees blooming around the Tidal Basin in the nation’s capital. In the stamp on the left, blossoming trees arch over two girls dressed in bright kimono and a family on a stroll. The Washington Monument rises in the background. In the stamp on the right, the Jefferson Memorial is the backdrop for other tourists taking in the sights under canopies of pink blooms.

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